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Thank you so much to all of the Oregon high school students who shared your thoughts on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation with us through Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility’s 2013 Greenfield Peace Writing Scholarship. Our panel of judges have made their selections, and below are the winning entries:
1st Place: Twyla Malchow-Hay, A Land Known For Its Beauty
2nd Place: Taysie MollyRose Savage, Why Hanford Nuclear Reservation Should Be Of Concern To Us
3rd Place: Jordan Ostrum, Weapon
4th Place: Jocelyn Letzer, The End of Destruction
Honorable Mention: Ayush Kumar, Nuclear Masterpiece
Honorable Mention: Kimberly Selegue, The Bleed
We recieved 58 entries from all across Oregon, and our panel of judges were impressed by the quality of entries this year responding to the following question:
“The Hanford Nuclear Reservation, on the Columbia River, was a major nuclear weapons production facility. It is where the plutonium was developed for the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, and it is now considered the most toxic site in the Western Hemisphere. Why does Hanford matter?”
Oregon PSR will host an awards ceremony on Friday, May 3rd at the Ecotrust Building in Portland at which the scholarship winners will be honored. The awards will be given as part of the Opening Reception for the Particles on the Wall art and literature exhibit, which deals with the historic consequences of the nuclear age and Hanford, in particular. We invite all entrants to attend.
Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility is the local chapter of the U.S. affiliate of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, recipient of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize for publicizing the dangers of nuclear weapons. For more than thirty years, we have worked to educate the public about the grave human health threats posed by the existence of nuclear weapons and the health effects of war and militarism. We have sponsored this writing scholarship for the past few years in order to encourage Oregon’s youth to consider their unique role in promoting peace and to have their voices heard.